When it comes to large commercial systems, cooling towers seem to receive less attention than other system components.
The cooling tower is often the most easily forgotten component of an HVACR system when it comes to maintenance. Yet, cooling tower maintenance is vital to ensuring overall system efficiency and preventing downtime. To avoidworst-case failure scenarios, mechanical systems experts recommend regular and comprehensive cooling tower maintenance.
Keeping a cooling tower free of dangers such as bacteria and corrosion is best achieved through a regular, comprehensive maintenance program. Although recommendations for the frequency of certain actions tend to vary, a comprehensive program includes draining and cleaning, water treatment, mechanical and electrical component inspection, and winterizing.
Despite the tendency to ignore or overlook cooling towers, the benefits of an all-encompassing maintenance program cannot be overstated.